Critical Core General Education Assessment

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Central Piedmont Community College is committed to providing quality education that meets high standards, both for our students and stakeholders. We recognize that higher education must provide students with the critical core skills and knowledge required for academic, professional and personal success. In addition to the competencies acquired within and reflective of specific degree programs, a global economy and a richly diverse community requires that individuals achieve proficiency in:


The CRITICAL CORE refers to an articulated pathway between general education requirements and program-specific courses that ensures exposure to and opportunity to attain proficiency in the CRITICAL CORE competency areas of Critical Thinking, Communication, Personal Growth and Cultural Literacy, and Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy.

In order to better realize this commitment, the college initiated a review of the General Education program .  The purpose of this initiative is to better articulate, define, map, and assess the connection of general education courses through the Critical Core competencies.


  • To provide students, faculty, and other stakeholders a clear understanding of how the General Education  curriculum and the Core Competencies create an integrated and complimentary system that helps students achieve the overarching academic goals of Central Piedmont Community College, regardless of the student's program of study.
  • To document student achievement through collaboratively designed outcomes, assessments, and content that address the goals of both the general education Critical Core curriculum.


2017-2018 General Education Foundation Assessment and Improvement Report

Critical Core Report for Spring 2017

Critical Core Data and Support Resources

Critical Core Report for Fall 2016

September 2015 Kickoff Meeting Minutes